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P&O Ferries European Seaway to leave Dunkerque for Larne Next Week

Summary: Dover to Calais based European Seaway is to return to Larne next week, though it appears she will be in service on the route to Cairnryan a little later than previously reported.
EUROPEAN SEAWAY seen during June 2019 in service between Cairnryan and Larne. Copyright © David Faerder.
EUROPEAN SEAWAY seen during June 2019 in service between Cairnryan and Larne. Copyright © David Faerder.

Update 27.08.19 PM: It has been reported that there was a fire in a generator room onboard EUROPEAN SEAWAY yesterday while alongside at Dunkerque. The fire was extinguished with the help of the local fire brigade. Although we do not yet know how much damage was caused by the fire, it would appear highly unlikely that EUROPEAN SEAWAY will arrive in Larne early next week as planned.

P&O Ferries Dover-based freight Ro-Pax ferry EUROPEAN SEAWAY is currently expected to leave the French port of Dunkerque on Monday, September 2nd, with a destination of Larne. This will be the 1991-built vessel’s second stint at Larne this year, following a period of cover during May, June, and July.  Her return will release EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY for a dry-docking lasting around three weeks. This is a result of ‘Causeway’s’ scheduled dry-dock earlier in the year being cut short due to  delays with part-sister EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER returning from her own overhaul.

EUROPEAN SEAWAY and EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER seen together at Larne during June 2019. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
EUROPEAN SEAWAY and EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER seen together at Larne during June 2019. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

At present EUROPEAN SEAWAY will commence service between Larne and Cairnryan with the 23:59 departure from Larne on September 2nd, according to P&O Ferries booking engine. This would seem highly unlikely, however, if she is to leave Dunkerque the same day given the sailing time from the French port. EUROPEAN SEAWAY has been in warm layup at Dunkerque following the return of EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY from a quick dry-docking during early-July in order to ensure regulatory compliance.  The scheduled return of EUROPEAN SEAWAY to the North Channel comes slightly later than previously reported.  

Another shot of the full width restaurant on EUROPEAN SEAWAY. © Steven Tarbox
Seating in the shared restaurant onboard EUROPEAN SEAWAY. The restaurant is situated forward and stretches across the width of the vessel. It is shared by freight drivers and all other passengers. © Steven Tarbox.

As before, there will be a height restriction in place for freight vehicles on sailings operated by EUROPEAN SEAWAY.  As she normally operates as a freight-only vessel, passenger facilities are more limited than on the regular vessels.  All hot drinks and soft drinks are provided free of charge in the shared restaurant space. This will be the vessel’s third stint on the Cairnryan to Larne route with the first coming in 2017.

Stena Line's STENA SUPERFAST VIII and P&O Ferries EUROPEAN SEAWAY pass off Corsewall, 21.05.19. Copyright © Gordon Hislip.
Stena Line’s STENA SUPERFAST VIII and P&O Ferries’ EUROPEAN SEAWAY pass off Corsewall, 21.05.19. Copyright © Gordon Hislip.
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